Abdominoplasty or “Tummy Tuck”

 

What is it?

The abdomen surgery or abdominoplasty is the surgical technique that is used to remove the abdomen’s excess fat and skin to improve, this way, the silhouette and waist. 

Who is a good candidate to undergo this intervention?

This kind of surgery is especially indicated for men and women who have a cluster of fat in this area, which is not responding to a hypo caloric diet or to physical exercise and is accompanied by sagging abdominal skin.  

The process, which also helps recovering the muscular structural integrity of the abdominal wall, is especially indicated for women who, after multiple pregnancies have the abdominal muscles absolutely distended.

Those people who are planning to lose a lot of weight and, on the other hand, those women who are willing to get pregnant again have to pay special attention, because in these cases it is better to postpone the surgery. 

What is the intervention about?

The abdominoplasty allows the removal of spare skin at an abdominal level, leaving a scar located under the waist, in a perfectly disguisable area, as any swimsuit or knickers will cover it. Moreover, through the same incision, it is possible to access the distended muscles and tension them through the suture in the middle line; achieving, this way, a flat belly.    

In those cases where skin flaccidity is bigger, the horizontal scar will have to be extended with a vertical scar which will be following the abdominal middle line starting from the first scar; depending on the level of severity of the latter, it will go all the way to the belly button or even beyond it.

If we combine abdominoplasty with a trunk’s liposculpture, we will achieve a much more slender, feminine and juvenile aspect of the whole figure. 

Duration, anaesthesia and hospitalization

The duration of the process is variable; it depends on the time needed for the liposuction. The abdominoplasty itself has a duration of 1,5 to 2 hours, when combined with a liposuction (habitual at IM Clinic) it can last up to 5 hours.

This surgery requires general anaesthesia and two nights stay at IM Clinic.

Results

It will help regain a flat and young abdomen.

It is important that, although the results of the abdomen surgery endure over time, the patient follows a balanced diet and practises physical exercise on a regular basis.

The abdominoplasty scars are located strategically in the pubis so a swimsuit or knickers can cover them and become imperceptible throughout the first year. 

Postoperative recommendations

The reintegration of the patient to normal life will be relatively fast, in approximately 4 to 5 days the patient will be autonomous in his/her daily activity, the return to working activity can be delayed to 15 to 20 days, depending on the patient’s activity.

A compression girdle will be needed during one month, after this period the patient will be able to restart sport activity.

 

 

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Abdominoplasty or “Tummy Tuck”

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